• Craig family at monument to William Craig
As we travel (from place to place or from birth to death) it is wise to look back over our shoulders periodically. Seeing where we’ve been helps us figure out where we’re going. The Craig story is a glance back at what came before us on the Columbia Plateau of the Interior Northwest. Looking over our shoulders, we see some of the people and events that shaped, in a brief time, the human dimension in this part of America. Perhaps it is fortuitous that professional historians had not gotten around to the comprehensive William Craig, for that left his story to be dug up by one of his descendants—a most meaningful act. Like the spirit of Craig’s Mountain, the Craig story may have been waiting for certain people to come, seeking information, finding answers, and in the process achieving wisdom that can only come from better understanding.